January 13, 2006
A damn good concert
I went to see claire lynch play tonight. I've mentioned before that randy wood, a premier luthier, has a shop in Bloomingdale, about 15 miles from my house. Randy has expanded his business to include a small concert room and that's where I listened to Claire and her band.
The show was excellent. Claire is a good singer and her band (Missy Raines on stand-up bass, Jim Hurst on guitar and banjo, and David Harvey on mandolin and fiddle) is outstanding. They play a sort of bluegrass/folk/country fusion, which is my favorite kind of music.
Randy has a great place for it, too. The room seats about 100 people and the acoustics are very good. Randy built it himself and it's obvious that he knew what he was doing. I sat in the fourth row of seats and was about ten feet from the stage. There's no such thing as a bad seat in the place.
I haven't enjoyed such good music in such an intimate atmosphere since the Night Flight Cafe closed on River Street 25 years ago. The band played two one-hour sets and they didn't have a clunker song in the bunch. In the audience, toes were tapping.
I'm going back again soon. Randy is holding three or four concerts every month now, and I DEFINITELY intend to see Mike Cross on February 11th. I once had the privilege of picking and grinning with Mike back in 1977, when he was playing at the Night Flight. He put on a hell of a show back then and I'll bet that he still does.
Hell--- I might start going to Randy's every time he holds a concert. I thoroughly enjoyed myself tonight.
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